By: Joe Graedon April 20, 2017 9 Comments
    Statins and ALS: Is There a Connection?

    One of the most tragic diseases of mankind is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). It is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It is a mystery disease in that we do not know what causes it and we do not…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 0 Comments
    Does Cannabidiol Help a Rare Type of Epilepsy?

    Cannabidiol, a derivative of cannabis, reduced seizures by 50 percent in some patients with a rare type of epilepsy. The study included 225 children and adults with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a rare typ…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 12 Comments
    What Do Americans Really Think about Medical Mar…

    Americans are changing their attitudes about marijuana. A new Yahoo News and Marist poll of more than 1,000 adults found that two thirds think opioids prescribed by a physician are more dangerous than…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 8 Comments
    Why Do Heart Attack Patients Stop Taking Statins…

    There is considerable controversy about the value of statins for preventing initial heart attacks. Some physicians are convinced that these drugs are extremely useful, while others point out (as in t…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Protect Your Heart?

    The higher your vitamin D levels are, the less likely you are to die from cardiovascular disease. But will taking vitamin D protect your heart? Does Vitamin D Protect Your Heart? A meta-analysis of 3…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 10 Comments
    What Are the Unexpected Risks of Short-Term Ster…

    Corticosteroids such as methylprednisolone or prednisone are powerful anti-inflammatory medications. Doctors frequently prescribe these medications for bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma, allergic reaction…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2017 11 Comments
    Is There Any Science to Support Glucosamine for …

    For decades we have been agnostic about the use of glucosamine for arthritis. Some readers praised this dietary supplement while others denounced it. We remember when New York Times health columnist J…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2017 13 Comments
    Will White Coat Hypertension Make You a Pill Zom…

    Physicians and nurses like to think of themselves as helpful healers. They have a hard time imagining that their mere presence can provoke anxiety. Data demonstrate, however, that some people react to…

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2017 10 Comments
    Did Lyrica Trigger Scary Sleepwalking Attack?

    Have you ever told your doctor about a side effect you experienced and heard that the drug doesn't do that? Plenty of people have become extremely frustrated by that message. One reader tried to tell…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2017 6 Comments
    How to Soothe Allergy Symptoms Without Serious S…

    Allergy season takes a terrible toll on people who are susceptible to pollen. This is the time of year when invisible particles in the air trigger sneezing, sniffling, itching and congestion. Allergy …

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2017 13 Comments
    Did Beet Juice Cause Vertigo by Lowering Blood P…

    Is it smart to use every possible means of lowering blood pressure? Sometimes we need that kind of intensive effort. But pulling out all the stops isn't always necessary. Could drinking beet juice cau…

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2017 8 Comments
    Can You Afford Repatha to Crush Your Cholesterol…

    Two years ago, the FDA approved a new type of cholesterol-lowering medicine. It sends "bad" LDL cholesterol into the basement, lowering it even more than potent statin drugs. But at the time, the FDA …

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2017 9 Comments
    Will Spicy Green Tea Stop Your Stomachache?

    How did people treat their heartburn before drugs like omeprazole and esomeprazole? These proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are so good at healing stomach ulcers and easing heartburn that doctors often…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 0 Comments
    Special Savings on Healing from Your Kitchen Cup…

    Have you ever wished you could feel better just by using something simple you already had in your kitchen cupboard? It's not such a far-fetched dream. You probably have a treasure trove of healing sit…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 27 Comments
    Show 1020: How to Lose Weight Without Feeling Hu…

    Many of us are aware we could be at a healthier weight. Perhaps we've even tried to drop some pounds but found that we were always feeling hungry and grumpy on a diet. Perhaps counting calories could …

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 5 Comments
    PSA Screening for Prostate Cancer: Every Man Dec…

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has done a U-turn on PSA screening for prostate cancer. In 2012 this national group of experts recommended against routine PSA screening for men without urinary…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 2 Comments
    How to Reduce Fatigue from Prostate Cancer Radia…

    Radiation therapy is a common treatment for prostate cancer, usually lasting six to nine weeks. While it is frequently effective at slowing or stopping the growth of prostate cancer cells, radiation m…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 10 Comments
    Can a Chiropractor Help Your Acute Lower Back Pa…

    A meta-analysis of 26 clinical trials published in JAMA found that chiropractic manipulation can ease acute lower back pain. This comes at a time that doctors are striving to reduce the numbers of pai…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 0 Comments
    People Who Exercise Boost Their Chances of Survi…

    The American Heart Association urges Americans to exercise for heart attack prevention. But here's another reason to lace up your sneakers. A Danish study has found that people who exercise regularly …

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 17 Comments
    How to Brew Green Tea for Maximum Benefit

    You can brew green tea simply by plopping a tea bag in a cup and pouring hot water over it. Or you can make it into a complex ritual as a Japanese tea ceremony. When it comes to getting the most ph…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 2 Comments
    Why Is EpiPen Maker in Trouble Again?

    The drug company Mylan got into trouble last year because of the extraordinary increase in its price for its epinephrine auto-injector. The EpiPen maker is now in a different type of trouble with the…

    By: Joe Graedon April 10, 2017 7 Comments
    Did Eating Olives Really Make Warts Disappear?

    We have been collecting wart remedies for over 40 years. Some of our favorites include banana peel, bacon fat, duct tape, garlic, Listerine, potato, turmeric and vinegar. We have never heard of olives…

    By: Joe Graedon April 10, 2017 39 Comments
    NasalCrom (Cromolyn Sodium) Is Surprisingly Help…

    You've probably never heard of NasalCrom nasal spray for allergies. It doesn't get the kind of attention that many other allergy treatments receive. There are commercials for antihistamines like Clari…

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2017 13 Comments
    Coated Aspirin Is No Guarantee of Safety

    Familiarity breeds contempt, as the saying goes. Sometimes we think familiarity simply breeds a lack of caution. How could anything as ubiquitous as plain old aspirin be responsible for serious conse…

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2017 63 Comments
    Drinking Coffee with Synthroid Means the Morning…

    How do you take your Synthroid, the levothyroxine medication used to treat an underactive thyroid gland? Usually, people are urged to take it first thing in the morning. Ideally, it is taken at least …

    By: Joe Graedon April 10, 2017 18 Comments
    Are There Reasons Not To Follow Your Doctor̵…

    The phrase "doctor's orders" often means doing something because a physician says to do it. These days that usually that means swallow a certain pill. Noncompliance or Nonadherence? Doctors have a nam…

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2017 29 Comments
    How Can You Get Omega-3 Benefits with No Fishy B…

    We have written numerous times about omega-3 benefits, which range from delaying macular degeneration or preventing diabetes to easing stiff joints and promoting heart health. Some people make sure t…

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2017 1 Comments
    Stopping Zyprexa Safely So You Can Lose Weight

    Treating serious mental disorders such as schizophrenia is difficult, so psychiatrists are often willing to accept the side effects and drawbacks of drugs such as aripiprazole (Abilify) or olanzapine …

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2017 4 Comments
    How to Use Cinnamon to Lower Your Cholesterol

    Most people who don't have diabetes don't worry about keeping their blood sugar under control, at least not until the doctor points out that it's been creeping up into the range of pre-diabetes. Chole…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2017 27 Comments
    Show 1075: Are Drugs for Mental Illness Safe and…

    The FDA is charged with making sure that prescription drugs are both safe and effective. But questions have been raised about antidepressants and other drugs for mental illness. Exactly how effective …

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2017 4 Comments
    Will There Be a Vaccine to Prevent Celiac Diseas…

    Why do some people develop celiac disease, while others with a similar genetic makeup do not? Is there a way to prevent celiac disease? Researchers writing in the journal Science propose that the expl…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2017 0 Comments
    How Does Bisphenol A Affect Breast Cancer?

    Bisphenol A, BPA, is a compound that keeps hard plastics hard. We also find it in certain cash register receipts and the linings of most food cans. As a result, most of us are exposed to BPA every d…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2017 2 Comments
    Is Bisphenol S Just as Risky as Bisphenol A?

    Bisphenol A (BPA) has acquired a nasty reputation as an endocrine disruptor. Manufacturers have been scrambling to find alternatives to this compound. But are the replacements, such as bisphenol S, re…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2017 0 Comments
    Will Boys Mature Faster When Exposed to Pesticid…

    Scientists have found a type of pesticide that disrupts the endocrine system. Pyrethroids are synthetic chemicals similar to naturally-occurring pyrethrin. Like pyrethrin, the pyrethroids repel or ki…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2017 1 Comments
    Will Inhaled Steroids Make You Vulnerable to Met…

    Inhaled corticosteroid medications such as beclomethasone or fluticasone are prescribed to calm lung inflammation. Such drugs make it easier for people with asthma or COPD to breathe. Doctors have f…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2017 8 Comments
    Do Non-Sugar Sweeteners Boost Inflammation?

    Non-sugar sweeteners are extremely popular because people assume they will help them lose weight. A new study presented at the Endocrine Society's 99th annual meeting seems to contradicts that idea. N…

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2017 21 Comments
    Ibuprofen Makes Life Bearable So Do Not Ban It!

    Pain is part of the human condition. Sometimes it can be useful, warning us to keep our hands away from flames and sharp tools. Recurrent or chronic pain is not helpful, but it can be extremely diffic…

    By: Joe Graedon April 3, 2017 10 Comments
    Generic Drugs Can Be Pricier in Canada

    Americans pay more for prescription drugs than anyone else on earth. No wonder people are always looking for a way to save money on the medicines they need. But trying to combine two money-saving stra…

    By: Joe Graedon April 3, 2017 5 Comments
    Rare Skin Reaction to Drug Drove Hubby Crazy

    Doctors sometimes worry that mentioning a side effect of a medication will make a patient more likely to experience it. Such a response might be due to a type of negative placebo effect. There are tim…

    By: Terry Graedon April 3, 2017 27 Comments
    Are There Natural Remedies for Nerve Pain?

    Physicians find neuropathy difficult to manage. This nerve pain can easily become chronic if it is not interrupted early in its course. When pain originates in the nervous system itself, relatively f…